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CV Laura Bertini Nationality: Italian Birth date: August 12, 1970 Languages: Italian (mother tongue), English ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6335-3880; SCOPUS Author ID: 57200241228 Scopus profile: CURRENT POSITION 30 December 2011 - now Assistant Professor in Biochemistry, Department of Ecological and Biological Sciences (DEB), University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy. Academic career and training - Laboratory technician, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences, UNITUS, VT, IT (March-December 2011) - Post-doc researcher, Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology group, Dept. of Agrobiology and Agrochemistry, UNITUS, VT, IT (2001-2010). Research projects: “Innovative defense and enhancement systems for plant species of significant economic interest for the Mediterranean area” (2001-2003); “Functional genomics of the interaction between plants and microorganisms involved in agricultural production and environmental protection” (2004-2007); “Transcriptional analysis of plant defense genes” (2008-2010) - PhD student in "Design and use of molecules of biotechnological interest”, XII cycle, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Caserta, IT. Research project: “Characterization of wheat Pathogenesis-Related genes of class 4 (PR4)” (1996-2000) - Visiting scientist, Dept. of Agricultural Sciences, Long Ashton Research Station, University of Bristol, UK. Research project: “Screening of a wheat seed cDNA expression library for genes of the PR4 class” (Nov-Dec 1997) - Research fellow, Dept. of Agricultural Sciences, Long Ashton Research Station, University of Bristol, UK. Research project: “Expression and functional analysis of mutant peptides derived from the repetitive domain of HMW glutenin subunit 1Dx5 to improve the processing quality of durum wheat”. Supervisor: Prof. Peter R. Shewry (1995-1996) - Post-degree trainee, Dept. of Agrobiology and Agrochemistry and Dept. of Environmental Sciences, UNITUS, VT, IT. Research project: “Production of monoclonal antibodies against wheat PR4 proteins” (1994-1995) Research experience During her scientific career, Dr. Laura Bertini has accumulated experience in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Plant Physiology, Transcriptomics, Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Plant Pathology. Since many years, her main field of interest is the study of the molecular mechanisms underlying the response of plants to (a)biotic stresses. The major recognized contributions from her scientific research, are in the following topics: 1. Structural and functional characterization of Pathogenesis-Related (PR) genes and proteins from monocots and dicots; 2. Application of molecular modeling and site-specific mutagenesis techniques for protein structure-function correlation studies; 3. Effect of (a)biotic stress application on metabolic reprogramming of plants; 4. Biorational use of plant-beneficial microbe interactions for a sustainable agriculture; 5. Eco-physiology of plants adapted to extreme environments and adaptation to climate change; 6. Study of plant-associated microbial community and their ecological role in plant resistance/resilience to stress; 7. Biotechnological exploitation of microorganisms from extreme environments. Patent Patent n. RM2001A000257 – May 2001. “Renaturation, hydrolysis and production of recombinant PR proteins”. Teaching Activity The following activities were carried out at UNITUS, VT, IT. A.Y. 2014/15 to present: Lecturer in “Biochemical Methodologies” for BSc in Biological Sciences (DEB) A.Y. 2019/20 to present: Lecturer in “Genetic and protein engineering techniques combined with plant and animal production” for the PhD Program “Plant and Animal Production Sciences” (Dept. of Agriculture and Forest Sciences-DAFNE) A.Y. 2015/16 to 2019/20: Lecturer in “Biomolecular Techniques” for MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology (DEB) A.Y. 2014/15 to 2016/17: Lecturer in ‘’Environmental Biochemistry” for BSc in Environmental Sciences (DEB) A.Y. 2012/13 to 2014/15: Lecturer in “Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory” for MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology (DEB) A.Y. 1998/99 to present: Teaching Assistant in practical experimental activity of “Cellular Biochemistry” for MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology and “Biological Chemistry” for BSc in Biological Sciences (DEB) Years 2013, 2014, 2018: Teacher of Biochemistry in the preparation course for the qualification exam for High School teaching (DEB) Other educational and institutional activities 2021: Member of the commission for the achievement of PhD in “Plant and Animal Production Science” XXXIII cycle, DAFNE, UNITUS. 2016 to present: Member of the Teaching Committee for BSc in Biological Sciences and MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology (DEB) 2015-2019: Member of the Ethics Committee of UNITUS (D.R. n. 1193/15 and D.R. n. 921/2016) 2013 to present: Teacher in orientation and school-work alternation programs for High School students (DEB) 2012-2016: Member of the PhD course in “Genetics and Cellular Biology” teaching body (DEB) 2012 to 2020: Coordinator of the University orientation activities for the High School students (DEB) 2012 to present: Coordinator of the Interdepartmental Biochemistry laboratory (UNITUS) Supervising and mentoring 2011 to 2014: Supervisor of 1 PhD student in “Genetics and Cellular Biology”, XXVII cycle, and 1 PhD student in “Ecology and Management of Biological Resources”, XXVI cycle (DEB) 2012 to present: Promotor/Co-promotor of 65 theses for Bachelor students in Biological Sciences (DEB) 2001 to present: Promotor/Co-promotor of 26 theses for Master students in Cellular and Molecular Biology (DEB) Editorial activity/Evaluator expertise: 2018 to present: Review Editor for Frontiers in Plant Science and Frontiers in Microbiology (“Plant Pathogen Interactions” and “Microbe and Virus Interaction with Plants” sections) 2020-2021: Guest Editor for International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Special Issue "Plant Responses and Tolerance to Temperature Changes". 2018-2021: Guest Editor for Frontiers of Plant Science/Frontiers of Microbology, Special Issue "Novel Plant Molecules Regulating the Interaction with Pathogenic and Beneficial Fungi". 2011 to present: Reviewer for: Frontiers in Microbiology, Plants, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Planta, Plant Cell Report, Journal of Plant Physiology, Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, Journal of Experimental Botany, Plant and Cell Physiology, Life, Marine Drugs, Antioxidant. 2014: Member of the expert evaluator panel for ‘SIR” (Scientific Independence of young Researchers) call. 2013: Member of the expert evaluator panel for ‘’FIR’’ (Future in Research) call. Main competitive grants (last 10 years): As Principal Investigator (PI): 2021-2022: Project INTERACT-Horizon 2020 “Exploring the influence of different stressors on the composition of microbial communities associated to Silene acaulis in Greenland” (Grant Agreement No. 730938). Role: PI 2019-2022: Project MIUR-PNRA 2018 “Impact of climate change on plant-microbe interaction: a focus on tripartite plant-fungus-virus relationship and on their bioactive compounds” (ID: PNRA18_00147). Role: PI 2014-2016: Project CARIVIT Foundation: “Monitoring of coastal waters pollution between Tarquinia and Montalto di Castro through the analysis of molecular markers of oxidative stress in Posidonia oceanica and search for new molecular markers”. Role: PI As Participant: 2021-2023: Project POR FESR LAZIO 2014-2020 “Cognitive decline, loss of muscle function and changes of the gut microbiota associated with aging: protective effects of hydroxytyrosol, a component of olive oil and extracts of oil by-products” (ID: A0375- 2020-36407). PI: Dott. F. Tirone (CNR-IBBC). Role: Co-Task coordinator 2019-2023: Project MUR-PRIN 2017 “Plant multitrophic interactions for bioinspired strategies of pest control” (ID: 2017JLN833_005). PI: Prof. F. Loreto (University of Naples Federico II). 2016-2019: Project MIUR-PNRA 2016 “Increasing temperature and nitrogen availability as challenging elements for Colobanthus quitensis survival: molecular basis of its fitness” (ID: PNRA16_00068). PI: Prof. C. Caruso (University of Tuscia). 2013-2016: MIUR-PNRA 2013 “Molecular basis of adaptation to low temperatures and warming of Antarctic plants of Colobanthus quitensis using an integrated transcriptomics and proteomics approach” (ID: 2013/C1.02). PI: Prof. C. Caruso (University of Tuscia). 2008-2010: MIUR FAR/PONREC “Public-private laboratory of genomics for innovation and optimization of the supply chain tomato” (GENOPOM) (ID: DM17732). PI: Prof. Luigi Monti (University of Naples Federico II). 2008-2009: MIUR-PRIN 2007: “Molecular characterization of genes involved in the catabolism of xenobiotic substances” (ID: 20077MY8M9_003). P.I. Prof. Alberto Di Donato (University of Naples Federico II). PUBLICATIONS Author of 43 publications on peer-reviewed, ISI indexed international journals; 1 chapter in book; 16 Proceedings of National and International Congress (ISBN journals); 38 abstracts for National Congresses and 33 for International Congresses. Bibliometrics: Source Scopus: Total citations as of November 2022: 1052 – H index 19.